This state just made abortion legal in nearly all cases.
A law passed by Illinois’ state legislation on May 30 establishes that a pregnant person has a “fundamental right” to terminate their pregnancy. It states that a “fertilized egg” embryo or fetus does not have independent rights.”
The Reproductive Health Act passed 34-20 in Illinois’ Senate and 64-50 in its House. It repeals a 1975 law required a pregnant person to get spousal consent before terminating their pregnancy, placed restrictions on abortion clinics, and enforced a waiting period before the termination.
Proponents of the new legislation say they hope that it will help save lives.
“We’re not going back. We’re not going back to coat hangers, we’re not going back to dying,” stated Senator Melinda Bush. “We’re not going back. And I am proud to say Illinois is a beacon for…human rights.”
Lawmakers directly referenced the possibility of a conservative Supreme Court majority overturning Roe v. Wade as motivation for the new state law.
“We can no longer rely on bad law protection be federal injections,” Representative Kelly Cassidy, who sponsored the bill in the House, stated.
Cassidy says she herself has an abortion that saved her life and led her to later become a mother of three.
The law comes after Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri passed some of the nation’s strictest abortion bans.
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